Visit to South Africa
Monday 22 January (Pretoria)
The Committee participated in an informal seminar
with Mr Brandon Hamber, Manager, Transition and Reconciliation
Unit, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Ms
Venetia Govender, National Director, and Ms Sally Seely, Researcher,
Human Rights Commission, Mr Mark Shaw, South African Institute
of International Affairs and Mr Louis Sebeko, a former civic leader
in Thokoza township.
Tuesday 23 January (Pretoria/Johannesburg)
The Committee visited the offices of the Centre for
the Study of Violence and Reconciliation for a background briefing
on violence on the East Rand and on the measures being taken to
re-integrate former combatants into the community. This was followed
by a visit to Thokoza township.
The Committee visited the Ekupholeni Clinic, Thokoza,
for a presentation on the work of the Clinic with those affected
by problems related to paramilitary violence.
The Committee met Commissioners Yasmin Sooka and
Hlengiwe Mikhize, of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Wednesday 24 January (Durban)
The Committee met Ms Gail Wannenburg, of the Network
of Independent Monitors and Mr Ntokolo Mavuso, Mr Nhlanhla Vincent
Dladla, Mr Mlungisi Nedbela and Mr Thabo Thipe, former members
of ANC and IFP paramilitary organisations in the townships of
Chesterville and Umlazi, who are now working on reconciliation
The Committee also met the Reverend C J Mtetwa, Minister
of Works, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the Reverend Musa Zondi, Chairman
of the IFP Caucus in the South African Parliament, both of whom
are members of a committee which brings together national and
state parliamentarians on reconciliation matters.
Thursday 25 January (Durban)
The Committee visited Kwa-Mashu township for a meeting
with youth groups engaged in efforts to recover weapons used by
criminal vigilante groups and also in job creation projects. The
visit was facilitated by Ms Jenni Irish, of Injobo Ne Bandla,
an organisation which works with young people in the township.
In addition, throughout the visit, the Committee
met a wide range of politicians, officials and others with an
interest in matters relevant to the Committee's inquiry.